Facebook expands Portal line with a portable version
Facebook is adding a portable model to its line of Portal video-chat devices, while also introducing a slimmer version of its high-end Portal+ model and expanding the business uses of the products.
Why it matters: Facebook has seen strong demand for Portal as the pandemic has made video chat a mainstream application for education, work and family communication.
- The $199 Portal Go has a 10-inch display, battery and integrated handle, allowing it to be easily moved around the home and beyond.
- An updated Portal+ features a 14-inch tilting display and is priced at $349.
- Both models will begin shipping Oct. 19, with pre-orders starting immediately.
- Facebook is also adding support for Microsoft Teams later this year.
The big picture: Facebook is investing heavily in hardware. After finding itself highly dependent on Apple and Google in the mobile realm, the company aims have a more central role on the next generation of devices, including VR and AR headsets, as well as communications devices such as Portal.